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c) Retract the slide handle and lock it in the open position by pressing in the bolt lock plunger in the top of the receiver. Retracting the slide handle should remove the cartridge case. Be certain the safety is in the "ON" position.

d) Check the chamber to be certain there is no cartridge case in it - if there is, extract it before proceeding with steps (e) and (0-

e) After making sure that the rifle is unloaded, inspect the bore from the muzzle end of the barrel. If the bore is obstructed, insert a proper size cleaning rod (without a tip or brush) into the bore from the muzzle and dislodge and remove the bullet. If the bullet does not readily dislodge, it may be necessary to lightly tap the handle end of the cleaning rod. If such efforts fail to dislodge the bullet, take the rifle to a gunsmith. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE A LODGED BULLET USING A BL\NK CARTRIDGE. OR A CARTRIDGE FROM WHICH THE BULLET HAS BEEN REMOVED. OR BY ANY MEANS OTHER TILVN THE USE OF THE PROPER SIZE CLEANING ROD AND REASONABLE FORCE APPLIED TO THE ROD. BE CERTAIN ALL LOOSE POWDER IL\S BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BORE AND ACTION BEFORE INTRODUCING THE ROD INTO THE BORE. NEVER TRY TO SHOOT OIT A BORE OBSTRUCTION! See MBore Obstruction Warning ", p. 14.

0 Reinspect the bore to be certain it is free of unburned powder particles or any other debris. At the same time clean the magazine, the magazine well, and other areas of the mechanism of unburned powder grains.

It is absolutely essential that steps (a> through (0 be followed if there is any suspicion that a bullet has been lodged in the bore because of the situations described in 1 or 2 above. Remember that a bullet can be lodged in the bore of a rifle just where the rifling begins, and a live cartridge can still be chambered and the bolt closed and locked. This can occur because the bullet in the chambered cartridge is pushed back into the cartridge case far enough to give the shooter the impression that the loaded cartridge has chambered normally.

Always check the bore for an obstruction if you experience difficulty in chambering a cartridge, experience a failure to extract, have a misfire, or the rifle does not make a normal loud report on firing.

RELOADERS SHOULD USE ONLY CANNELURED BULLETS AND BE SURE TO CRIMP THEM SECURELY IN THE CARTRIDGE CASE. NOTE: Sturm. Ruger & Co. specifically does not recommend the use of reloaded, hand-loaded or remanutactured cartridges. Please see "Ammunition Notice" p. 6.

TO CLEAR A MALFUNCTION ("JAM")

Before "doing something", study the situation to determine the nature of the jam and how best to clear it. Any autoloading firearm may occasionally malfunction. If it does;

1. Be certain the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and the safety is "ON"*.

2. When attempting to free a jammed cartridge, do not use any type of tool that is likely to act as a "firing pin" and discharge the cartridge should the tool impact on the primer. Never use a cartridge as a "tool".

3. After clearing a jam. inspect the gun mechanism to determine if dirt or debris might be the cause of the problem. Excess lubricant or grease can cause cartridges to feed sluggishly. An accumulation of grease, dirt or powder grains in the magazine can contribute to cartridge feeding problems.

4. After clearing a jam, inspect all cartridges that have been removed from the gun. Safely dispose of any cartridges which are dented or nicked or have bullets that are loose or improperly positioned in the cartridge case.

5. If it appears that the gun and magazine are not at fault and that the jam was caused by the type of cartridge being used, then try another type.

6. If the above procedures do not result in a smooth and reliable feeding firearm, don't use the gun until it feeds cartridges smoothly and reliably. The rifle should be returned directly to our Newport Product Service Department for repair. See the "Service and Parts" section p. 27, for packing and shipping information.

Another precaution: Form the habit of examining fired cartridge eases from time to time. If fired cases have bulged heads or show splits on any part of the case, stop using that ammunition and return the rifle to the factory for inspection. (See pages 27 - 28)

7. If a cartridge or shell is caught between the holt and receiver, put the safety "ON", retract the slide, and lock it in the open position. Remove the magazine: then remove the jammed case.

8. If a fired case is in the chamber, use a cleaning rod to knock it out.

9. If an unfired cartridge is stuck in the chamber, remove it from the breech-end rather than trying to dislodge it with a cleaning rod inserted from the muzzle. Use a piece of 3/16" brass rod which has one end shaped like a screwdriver tip. Insert the tip in the extractor groove of the cartridge, use the face of the receiver ring as a fulcrum and carefully pry out the cartridge. Be careful not to strike the primer area of the live cartridge! Vigorously brush-clean the chamber with solvent after clearing any jam involving the chamber.

TO MINIMIZE MALFUNCTIONS ("JAMS")

Autoloading firearms of all makes and types occasionally malfunction when a cartridge fails to feed from the magazine to the chamber, or when a cartridge (or fired case) fails to properly extract and eject.

To minimize the possibility of such occurrences the gun user should:

1. Use ammunition of the correct caliber and type which is loaded to Industry Specifications. Avoid reloads, remanufactured cartridges, and cartridges that are dirty, corroded, or deformed. {See "Ammunition Warning", p. (3)

2. Clean and lubricate the gun in accordance with the instructions in this manual.

3. If the mechanism shows signs of not functioning correctly, or if a part is damaged or broken — don't use the gun. Have it inspected, and repaired. (See "Malfunction Warning" below)

4. Use only genuine Ruger1 Mini-14 magazines and carefully load the magazine. Do not exceed the stated magazine capacity. (See "leading Magazine", p. 8)

5. Do not ride? the slide handle when chambering a cartridge from the magazine. The slide should be drawn fully to the rear and then be permitted to snap forward under the full force of the recoil spring. If a cartridge does not fully chamber, do not pound' on the slide handle to force the bolt closed. Rather, retract the slide, eject the cartridge and determine the cause of the problem. (See "Bore Obstructions Warning" p. 14)

6. To minimize the probability of an unfired cartridge being jammed should it 'fall back' onto the magazine, remove the magazine before retracting the slide. When extracting an unfired cartridge, tip the right side of the rifle towards the ground so that gravity will assist the cartridge to fall clear of the magazine well. Always retract the slide briskly whenever extracting a live cartridge. Táke care to see that a cartridge is not forcibly ejected against a surface where the primer might be set off.

Alterations to the rifle or use of non-Kuger magazines and accessories may cause malfunctions. See "Alteration Warning" on page 3. If the above procedures do not result in a smooth and reliable feeding firearm, don't use the gun. The rifle can be returned directly to our Newport. New Hampshire Product Service Department for repair. See the Service and Parts Policy section, page 27, of this manual for packing and shipping information.

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